Regional Kids Have a Splash in the Outback

Sixty kids from Indigenous, low socio-economic and disadvantaged backgrounds were given the opportunity to learn how to Swim and Survive thanks to the support of the Aurizon Community Giving Fund.

The children aged 3 to 13 reside in Eromanga and Cunnamulla in South West Queensland, almost as far as you can get from the ocean! Whilst there are no beaches, there are a multitude of inland waterways and pools which pose as much danger as they do fun for children.

Swimming pools are the leading location for drowning among children aged 0-14 years, and more people drown in inland waterways than anywhere else.

Drowning remains one of the leading causes of preventable death in Australian children. In order to prevent drowning, every Australian child must have basic swimming, water safety skills and knowledge of how to be safe when they are in, on, or around the water.

The Royal Life Saving Swim and Survive Fund makes it possible for people who are more likely to miss out, or have missed out, to come along and learn vital swimming and lifesaving skills.

Royal Life Saving research has found the people in our communities who are most likely to miss out on formal swimming and water safety education are those who are indigenous, from a culturally or linguistically diverse background, from a low socio-economic community, live in a regional or remote area, are newly arrived in Australia, or are living with a disability.

To give other children the opportunity to learn vital swimming and water safety skills, click Donate Now to make a tax deductible donation.

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